Our mission

We believe that now is the time for the United Kingdom to reform its benefit system and to base it on a Universal Basic Income (also known as a Citizen’s Income).

Universal Basic Income would provide financial security for all, so that everyone has the resources they need to fulfil their potential. We urge others to express support for the principle of a Basic Income with the aim of making it an issue in the next General Election. Basic Income is a regular payment made to every individual, not means tested, non-withdrawable and without work conditions. It would :    

  • Guarantee everyone a secure base which ensures that work always pays    
     
  • Replace the complex benefits system with a scheme fit for the 21st century
        
  • Provide us all, including people who need extra income related to sickness, disability and housing, with the freedom to develop and contribute our talents, and the dignity we all deserve.

With your support we can press politicians to back this idea and make it a key campaign issue at the next General election.

If you agree with us please endorse the above statement and we would also love to hear why you support a basic income.

 

Who's endorsing

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  • endorsed 2017-01-04 16:39:50 +0000
    It removes anxiety, saves money and leaves people to contribute to society in their own way. The automation of industry is unstoppable in the quest for greater corporate profit.
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 16:08:09 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 16:01:53 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 15:29:47 +0000
    Its the next logical step in social economics.
  • @markusgreen tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-04 15:10:35 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4664
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 15:09:57 +0000
    I think this could cut red tape and make thoings fairer and easier for all.
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 12:43:21 +0000
    A fairer, less complex system is the way forward. Allowing greater freedom and flexibility to millions is invaluable.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-04 11:29:19 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me!
  • @Feudalism9th tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-04 11:29:16 +0000
    I'm endorsing Basic Income UK's statement. Please join me! http://www.basicincome.org.uk/?recruiter_id=4662
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 11:25:13 +0000
    the lack of jobs and the need to think outside the box
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 09:59:39 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 09:49:10 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 09:43:50 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-04 09:42:20 +0000
    An income by right when at home looking after children is exactly what I needed when I was doing that role. It would have improved my self esteem to have not been dependant on anyone else for cash.
  • endorsed 2017-01-03 18:54:41 +0000
    I want to reduce the poverty line
  • endorsed 2017-01-03 16:56:10 +0000
    Provides safety net but also encourages all who can to look at work in whatever form that may be.
  • endorsed 2017-01-03 16:33:29 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-03 13:29:19 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 23:33:36 +0000
    I think everyone should get the same income regardless of job status. I also think it will BENIFIT people who could be losing there job to no they have money coming in
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 23:33:34 +0000
    I think everyone should get the same income regardless of job status. I also think it will BENIFIT people who could be losing there job to no they have money coming in
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 20:57:26 +0000
    During my life I have lived through four recessions. I have also been unemployed several times and struggled to feed myself. I have lost my home. And I am one of many thousands who have had this happen to them. Life’s fortunes can go up and down and the effects can be devastating.

    A Guaranteed Basic income would have made it so much easier to get back on my feet. To live a proper life and contribute to society instead of taking from it. The economy, and all the jobs in it, depends on having money to spend and putting money IN peoples’ pockets is the best way to get that money into the economy, making livelihoods more secure, local economies stronger and people safer. Who knows? It might even stop the next recession.
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 17:55:58 +0000
    Because the majority of jobs will go to AI in the next fifteen years so we urgently need a ‘plan B’ to capitalism
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 13:45:56 +0000
    Equality and humanity for everyone
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 13:33:11 +0000
    After studying at university for 5 years and accumulating the debt that goes with it, I believe myself and fellow recent graduates have not found ourselves in the position that we had imagined or were led to believe would automatically be our future. Whether due to the current economic climate or the insane competition and experience required for even the most basic entry jobs many of us have found ourselves working full-time for minimum wage in jobs without career prospects and not related to our studies at all just in order to support ourselves and pay the bills. For many this is the only valid option as the experience required for appropriate graduate jobs often means internships and work experience involving relocating to London just to be in with a chance of acquiring a job you are actually qualified and trained for. This is obviously out of reach for most young people. Not only is this a waste of talent but I believe that that it is also soul destroying for myself and our young people, as we have skilled young people with not only degrees and diplomas, but also talents and interests in different things working in jobs that leave them unfulfilled and disillusioned with society. Many of the full-time bartenders, cleaners, support workers and waiters that I know are young people that have postgraduate qualifications or skills that they can’t afford to use. This is not a lack of ambition but the very easy trap of having to take the jobs you can in order to keep paying rent and bills and not be unemployed, this quickly leads to being stuck in these jobs. The reason for this is that we cannot afford financially to work part-time, which would give many people the chance to gain experience in what they need in order to move into the line of work they trained for, or to take courses, retrain or just have the time to write applications or approach employers. Working long hours until late in the evening means very few people can keep up the drive to pursue careers that would give them fulfillment and use their talents. Additionally and probably most importantly, the wages that we earn often just manage to cover living costs such as rent, council tax, bills and student loan repayments, leaving insufficient funds spare to enable us to invest in taking an evening course or a college course, or even to save up to move out of this situation. For me personally, I feel I am working in order to allow myself to work some more and nothing more. I do not earn enough to save up money and thus work from pay cheque to pay cheque, I work to allow myself to keep living where i do and to keep working in a never ending cycle. This is something I find the majority of the people i know feel and what is more we feel angered that we have been made to feel grateful for being allowed to work and even having a job despite the fact that we are often overqualified for the positions. A basic income for everyone would alleviate much of the problems of young people recently out of university, college and apprenticeships or even people who wish to move careers or invest in themselves and give people the breathing space they need to be able to move into more fulfilling roles and change their lives. Many of the young people i know now feel let down by our society and undervalued, we are now angry at society for ‘being sold short’, I believe a basic income would sooth some of this anger and make us feel supported and valued. It would also give us the chance to have enough money to gain new qualifications or improve ourselves.
  • endorsed 2017-01-02 12:14:48 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 23:58:53 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 21:55:19 +0000
    Much more simpler to administer and no likely hood of any more frauds .

    Also empowers the receiver to use the funds to better one self with to secure more academic qualifications to secure better jobs
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 16:38:16 +0000
    I believe it to be a necessary solution to unemployment caused by increased automation
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 15:22:05 +0000
  • endorsed 2017-01-01 12:03:27 +0000
    Moving forward AI will replace more human workers and everyone should share in the income created. If unearned income is OK for the 1% then it is OK for everyone else.

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